This is going to be big.
To a Texas hunter, the rangefinder can be the most important hunting tool in the backpack or jacket pocket. Whether in the wide-open spaces of West Texas or the South Texas Brush Country, distances are hard to judge. The difficulty, though, has been holding the small rangefinders steady enough to get a reading. Our hands shake, whether from the excitement of buck fever, effort or age, and there often isn’t anything available to brace the small device.
Nikon Sport Optics has solved the problem with its revolutionary new MONAECH 7i Laser Rangefinder — the world’s first laser rangefinder to compensate for the human body’s physical inability to be completely still.
Featuring Nikon’s optical VR (Vibration Reduction) Technology, the MONARCH 7i VR is the world’s first laser rangefinder to integrate this type of system.
The VR Technology reduces the effect of external vibrations caused by unnecessary hand movements while ranging distant objects. For hunters, this means the target mark on the rangefinder remains stable, even when the body of the rangefinder is being moved. Not only does this provide the user with a steady image, it also stabilizes the activated laser, allowing it to maintain greater alignment for enhanced measurement performance.
Nick Kohleffel of Owens Outdoor Sales is a Nikon rep, and just received his 7i VR.
“I ranged at deer at 620 yards in my neighborhood one-handed with no rest,” he said.
The MONARCH 7i VR represents a major step in hunting technology by helping alleviate the difficulty of keeping the rangefinder steady enough to range objects as far away as 1,000 yards.
Employing Nikon’s optical VR (Vibration Reduction) system, vibrations of the image in the 6-power viewfinder caused by hand movement are reduced (by an estimated 80 percent), while simultaneously aligning the viewed image with the irradiated beam for faster, more precise ranging.
The VR Function begins immediately when the laser rangefinder is on, meaning there is no extra time spent trying to toggle between settings. Holding down the ranging button allows the user to continuously scan for 8 seconds. A fast measurement is received (in approximately half a second), regardless of the distance, thanks to Nikon’s HYPER READ technology. The MONARCH 7i VR has an effective measurement range of 8-1,000 yards and displays measurements in .1-yard increments.
The MONARCH 7i VR Laser Rangefinder also boasts an uncluttered display and Nikon’s ID (Incline/Decline) Technology to compensate for uphill or downhill shooting angles by providing the one number that is needed to make the shot — the horizontal distance.
Another feature of the MONARCH 7i VRLaser Rangefinder is the ability to switch between First Target Priority Mode (provides reading of the closest target among a group) and Distant Target Priority Mode (provides reading of the farthest target among a group). Whether your subject is in front of or behind a patch of brush, this setting can greatly improve your ability to get the most accurate reading depending on the situation.
Not only does the MONARCH 7i VR come in a compact and lightweight body, it is also waterproof for those unexpected wet conditions (battery chamber is rainproof). The suggested retail price of the MONARCH 7i VR Laser Rangefinder is $399.95.